Already for several years the organizations of Russian Orthodox Church in Germany organize a ball to commemorate the patron saints of marrige and family in Russian tradition, St. Petr and Feuronia of Murom.
All funds raised go to support of “Good deed” care-receivers, sick children from the countries of former Soviet Union that are being treated in Germany. On September 16, I have attended this ball in Stuttgart and liked it very much.
Not only the members of Stuttgart parishes were there: the volunteers of “Good Deed” from all over Germany have come – from Munich, Konstanz, Reutlingen and other cities. Some guests came in whole families, while others brought their friends to the event. Beside the volonteers that I knew well there were people who have never heard of “Good Deed” before. We all enjoyed the festive and cozy athmosphere of the event. The spiritual father of “Good Deed”, fr. Ilya Limberger, was present as well.
With him, we have sung the tropar to St. Petr and Feuronia, and fr. Ilya has opened the event with warm words of greeting and exhortation.
The hosts – young couple of Arseniy and Katherina Schareiko – have demonstrated to the guests how to dance the historic dances of the program. We have experienced a ceremonial polonaise, fast polka, graceful minuet, magical waltz, and finished with a cheerful wedding round-dance. We were thus given a unique opportunity to learn beautiful noblemanly dances as well as to meet those whom we did not know yet. Novelty of this year was a wish-game. Everybody wrote their own wish on a piece of paper, fixed it to a ballon, and we let the ballons go! This was solemn and beautiful. Furthermore, we played forfeits and just chatted. Children and youth from Stuttgart parishes performed songs about family life.
I wish to thank all organizers of the Ball: youth committee, young family club of St. Nicholais parish in Stuttgart, and, of course, fr. Ilya. Thanks so much for this opportunity to gather for the sake of “Good Deed”. A note to everybody who would love to attend but could not come: the next event of this sort will take place in Berlin, October 2nd.
Hurry to do good!
with love in Christ,
I congratulate you all with the conclusion of the holidays, the return to a paced working life and
hence – to the possibility of regularly and calmly doing good deeds!
Despite the holiday season, we have continued to work throughout the summer. Read more
Thank you all who in time of vacations and holidays keeps helping the others and participating in Good Deed!
For last two months, we have manage to fulfill several urgent requests and help to several our care-receivers.
The Second Orthodox Volunteer Day has taken place on July 2, 2016 in Munich and was timed to the commemoration of St. John of Shangai and San-Francisco
The summer season has started! During it, just as during Christmas, we tend to dream and make great plans. Let us achieve all of our bravest and purest dreams with the help of God!
Two years ago at the coordinators event we made a plan to have a big international Day of the Orthodox Volunteer, which will be held for the second time in Germany this year. To this date it is the only platform where volunteer groups and charitable organisations from the FSU, Europe, Israel, England and America can meet up, exchange experience, establish contacts and form bonds of helping each other. This year we are holding it in Munich, 1st-3rd of July. Everyone involved in benevolence and volunteering is heartily welcome to come, absorb experience and be a part of the communal deed of helping others! More information and registration can be found on our site orthodiakonia.de